59th Staffordshire division


My grandad fought in this division, has anyone got any information on where they fought, served etc, any help would be greatly appreciated.


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The 59th (Staffordshire) Division was a Territorial Army Division. Reconstituted on 21 August 1939 as a duplicate of the 55th (West Lancashire) Division. Having been kept in Britain until mid-1944, the division's lead units landed in Normandy as part of the Second Army on 26 June. It fought in this campaign until 18 August 1944 when, due to the severe casualties suffered by other British units, it was disbanded as the most junior of the divisions in Normandy and it's men used as badly needed reinforcements for the rest of the Second Army.

Order of Battle

This is the division's order of battle at the time of its disbandment on 18 August 1944.

176th Infantry Brigade
7th Bn, The Royal Norfolk Regiment
7th Bn, The South Staffordshire Regiment
6th Bn, The North Staffordshire Regiment

177th Infantry Brigade
5th Bn, The South Staffordshire Regt.
1/6th Bn, The South Staffordshire Regt.
2/6th Bn, The South Staffordshire Regt.

197th Infantry Brigade
2/5th Bn, The Lancashire Fusiliers
5th Bn, The East Lancashire Regiment
1/7th Bn, The Royal Warwickshire Regiment

Support Units
7th Battalion, The Royal Northumberland Fusiliers
59th Recce Regiment, Royal Armoured Corps
61st Field Regiment, Royal Artillery
110th Field Regiment, Royal Artillery
116th Field Regiment, Royal Artillery
68th Anti-Tank Regiment, Royal Artillery
509th Field Company, Royal Engineers
510th Field Company, Royal Engineers
257th Field Company, Royal Engineers

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